Writing Progress November 25 – December 1, 2019

daily writing progress

November 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 118,434
  • Today’s word count: 1,283
  • Thoughts: I didn’t surpass yesterday’s word count, but I wrote! It wasn’t a bad day, but I did struggle a little. There’s something about certain scenes that really slows me down. I wish I could spot it before it happens, but so far I don’t know how to predict it. I just know it once it happens.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. So much more writing. This is the end of the month. I have to keep moving forward!

November 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 119,546
  • Today’s word count: 5,091
  • Thoughts: You might notice that my total word count didn’t increase by the amount I listed as today’s word count. There’s a good reason for that. I was feeling a little conflicted creatively so instead of pushing myself to move forward, I looked back and wrote some alternate versions of scenes. I didn’t include those in my total word count for the draft because for now I’m keeping the original version of the scenes, but in my next draft I’ll have options for which way I want to take the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need a couple more fantastic writing days to finish NaNoWriMo with a win. I’m sure I can do it. I just need to stay focused!

November 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 121,556
  • Today’s word count: 2,010
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t another 5k day and that’s okay. For the most part. I was able to focus on the main story and I made a ton of progress. Do I wish I’d written more? Of course! Could I have written more today? I think I did the best I could with the time I had.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Thanksgiving. I don’t have any family obligations until the evening so I’m going to do my best to write before then. Will I take my laptop with me to my mom’s? Yes. Trying to NaNo at Thanksgiving is practically part of the holiday tradition for me. I’m not sure I’ll end up pulling the laptop out, but having the option is always nice.

November 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,921
  • Today’s word count: 2,365
  • Thoughts: For today being a holiday, I think I did a great job. It wasn’t the most I’ve written all week, but it was a ton of words considering I had other things to do and needed to socialize with my family for at least a few hours.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After some errands (and a stop at a video game store) I’ll be home and writing all day. Let’s hope I can make a huge dent in my remaining words for the month. I don’t want to break my wrists on the 30th.

November 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 130,356
  • Today’s word count: 6,435
  • Thoughts: I pushed myself today so I wouldn’t have to push myself as hard tomorrow. It worked. I still with it would have worked a little better. It’s always nice to leave less work for future-me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish NaNoWriMo! I have a lot of writing to do. It’s my punishment for all the slacker days I had this month. I must pay my word-debt!

November 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,014
  • Today’s word count: 14,658
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. This is a once-a-year-only kind of day. Only on the last day of NaNoWriMo can I find the motivation and endurance to pull off word counts like this. Honestly, I’m fine with that. I’d love to have more 2-5k days, but I don’t think I would be able to function if I did 10k+ days more often.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not sure if I’ll write at all tomorrow. I probably deserve a break, but right now I feel like writing more. We’ll have to see what tomorrow brings.

December 1

I forced myself to take a days off. I actually struggled not to write. I wanted to do it a few times. It felt weird not allowing myself to write since I usually jump on it as soon as the urge strikes. However, today I knew I needed a break even if the habit formed in my head insisted otherwise. I wrote every day for a month and towards the end I wrote a lot of words. My mind and body both needed a rest.

So I rested. I played some games. I watched Netflix. It was nice, but it wasn’t as nice as writing. I think I’m ready to jump back in.


How did NaNoWriMo go for you? Did you reach your goal for the month?

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